Technical Services Manager, Department of Physics and Astronomy
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Science and Engineering and the Physics and Astronomy Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
Provide technical support to the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Design, build, repair, maintain and manage experimental apparatus used in research labs, upper- and lower-division teaching labs, and lecture demonstrations. Interface with college and university IT professionals, machinists, electronic technicians, environmental health and safety, and building maintenance staff to ensure that the departmental technical needs are met.
Typical duties include:
Design peripheral apparatus for existing equipment or modify existing equipment to meet changing needs and technologies. When needed, assign tasks and priorities for departmental projects to student shop employees or Scientific Technical Services, and supervise completion.
Design, build, repair, maintain and manage lecture demonstrations for faculty, add new demonstrations and maintain and update online catalog of lecture demonstrations. Ensure hourly set-up of lecture demonstrations, in part through supervision of student employees.
Coordinate with college and university IT support staff to ensure that departmental IT needs are met, including departmental servers and all office, research, and laboratory workstations. Includes assistance with selection and purchase of computers, software purchase and installation, backups and troubleshooting.
Keep inventory records of equipment and supplies. Order replacement supplies and new equipment. Perform shipping and receiving duties. Prepare equipment replacement plans, equipment budgets and produce quarterly expenditure reports.
Other duties as assigned.
For Washington StateHR purposes, this position is classified as an Engineering Technician Lead.
Bachelor’s degree in a science or technical discipline
Successful completion of a year of college-level introductory physics coursework
Two years of experience performing specialized technical tasks for research or work projects, or equivalent education/experience
Ability to communicate and work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff
Major or minor degree in physics
Experience with mechanical, acoustical, optical, vacuum, or electronic systems and/or chemical safety and hygiene
Additional experience performing specialized technical tasks for research or work projects beyond the required two years, or equivalent education/experience
New hires typically begin at $4,378/ month, including an excellent benefits package
This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins October 7, 2019; position is open until filled
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